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Those We Lost in 2020

Marie Fredriksson  May 30, 1958 - December 9, 2019 Marie Fredriksson was the lead singer and keyboardist for Roxette, the Swedish pop duo that had 1980s and '90s hits including "The Look" and "It Must Have Been Love."


Jack Sheldon November 30, 1931 - December 27, 2019 Jack Sheldon was an American bebop and West Coast jazz trumpeter, singer, and actor. He was a trumpet player and the music director on The Merv Griffin Show, as well as the voice heard on several episodes of Schoolhouse Rock


Ray Sawyer (February 1, 1937 – December 31, 2018) Ray Sawyer was an American singer and vocalist with the 1970s rock band Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. Though primarily a backing vocalist and occasional percussionist, he sang lead on their hit song "The Cover of Rolling Stone"


Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983.


Mic Gillette (May 7, 1951 – January 17, 2016) Mic Gillette was an American brass player. He is best known for being a member of the bands; Tower of Power, Cold Blood, and The Sons of Champlin. He played in the horn section with Tower of Power for 19 years


David Olney; March 23, 1948 - January 18, 2020 Nashville singer-songwriter David Olney died after collapsing on stage at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Olney -- whose work was recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury and many others -- died of an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

Reed Mullin February 12, 1996 - January 27, 2020 Reed Mullin was the drummer and co-founder of the North Carolina based metal band Corrosion of Conformity. He was the founding member with Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman. Mullin also played in the Raleigh NC hardcore band, No Labels.


Bonnie MacLean, December 28, 1939 - February 4, 2020  Bonnie MacLean was a poster artist who created swirling, psychedelic imagery in her concert posters for San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium.


Paul English November 6, 1932 - February 11, 2020 Paul English was the longtime drummer, best friend, and bodyguard for legendary country music artist Willie Nelson. English started playing with Nelson in Fort Worth in 1955, although he did not become Nelson's regular drummer until 1966. He was the founding member with Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman.

Kenny Rogers August 21, 1938 - March 20, 2020  Kenny Rogers was the iconic country music singer whose hit song "The Gambler" propelled him to Grammy-winning superstardom. Rogers followed “The Gambler” with hit songs including “She Believes in Me” and “Coward of the Country,” achieving new heights in 1980 when “Lady” topped the country chart and the Billboard Hot 100

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Eric Weissberg August 16, 1939 - March 22, 2020 Eric Weissberg was an American singer, banjo player, and multi-instrumentalist, whose most commercially successful recording was his banjo solo in "Dueling Banjos," featured as the theme of the film Deliverance and released as a single that reached number 2 in the United States and Canada in 1973.


Mike Longo, March 19, 1939 - March 22, 2020, a jazz pianist, composer and educator best known for his long association with the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, died at age 83.The cause was the corona virus.


Manu Dibango December 12, 1933 - March 24, 2020 Manu Dibango was a saxophonist, vibraphonist, and songwriter from Cameroon who was known for mixing traditional African music with jazz and funk


Bill Rieflin September 30, 1960 - March 24, 2020   Bill Rieflin was a drummer who worked with R.E.M., King Crimson, and Ministry during a long music career.  The Seattle musician started out with the punk bands the Telepaths and the Blackouts in the 1970s. He joined Ministry in the late 1980s.


Manu Dibango, December 12, 1933 - March 24, 2020 a saxophonist from Cameroon who’s 1972 single “Soul Makossa” made modern African music a clear presence on Western pop charts, died in France. He was 86


Joe Diffie, December 28, 1958 - March 29, 2020, a country music singer known for his lighthearted odes to country life that reached mainstream success in the 1990s, died from complications of corona virus.


Wallace Roney, May 25, 1960 - March 31, 2020 a trumpeter and composer who embodied the restive side of post-bop throughout an illustrious four-decade career, died at age 59. The cause was complications from COVID-19, according to his fiancée, Dawn Felice Jones.


Adam Schlesinger, October 31, 1967 - April 1, 2020, the co-founder of pop-rock band Fountains of Wayne and an Oscar-nominated songwriter, has died from complications related to corona virus. He was 52.


Rocker Alan Merrill, October 31, 1967 - April 1, 2020, who wrote and recorded the original version of the hit song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," died after being diagnosed with corona virus.


Ellis Marsalis Jr. November 14, 1934 - April 1, 2020, a New Orleans jazz legend, educator and father of four musical sons died of complications of Covid-19. He was 85.


Bucky Pizzarelli, November 14, 1934 - April 1, 2020, who was a respected but relatively anonymous session guitarist, died of the corona virus at 94. A master of the rhythm guitar as well as a gifted soloist, Mr. Pizzarelli was sought after for recording sessions in the 1950s and ’60s. He can be heard on hundreds of records in various genres, often uncredited.


William Harrison Withers Jr. aka Bill Withers, (July 4, 1938 – April 3, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands".


Big George Brock May 16, 1932 – April 10, 2020  Big George Brock — one of the last of the great Mississippi Delta bluesmen died April 10 in St. Louis after an extended illness. Mr. Brock was 88. The influential St. Louis musician was well-known for his deep baritone and his way with the blues harmonica.  


Ceybil Jefferies     April 10. Ceybil Jefferies was a singer known for the 1990s house music hits “Love So Special” and “Open Your Heart.” She was a New York City underground dance music legend who used different stage names during her music career. The best known alias for Jefferies was Sweet Sable.


Big Al Carson October 2, 1953  - April 26, 2020   Big Al Carson was well known to New Orleans natives and tourists for his regular gig at the Funky Pirate Bar with his band the Blues Masters. His booming voice was heard at New Orleans festivals and he played with many bands including the Tuxedo Jazz Band. 


Scott Taylor May 24, 1950 to April 27, 2020  Scott Taylor was the guitarist in the English alternative rock band Then Jerico. The band had their biggest success in the 1980s, charting a number 13 song in the UK in 1989 with “Big Area.” The album The Big Area made it all the way into the top 5 on the UK charts.


Millie Small "My Boy Lollipop" singer October 6, 1946 - May 5, 2020 The star was most famous for her hit single My Boy Lollipop, which reached number two in both the US and the UK in 1964. It remains one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, with more than seven million sales.


Hillard "Sweet Pea" Atkinson Singer for Was (Not Was) September 20, 1945 - May 5, 2020 Hillard "Sweet Pea" Atkinson was the co-vocalist for pop funk band Was (Not Was), singing on hits including "Walk the Dinosaur" and "Spy in the House of Love."


Brian Howe Former Bad Company singer: July 22, 1953 -  May 6, 2020 Brian Howe had been singing in various bands in England with little success when he was signed in 1984 to be the lead vocalist for Ted Nugent’s band.  After recording with Nugent on the album “Penetrator,” Howe joined Bad Company in 1986 replacing Paul Rogers as lead singer.


Little Richard December 5, 1932- May 9, 2020   Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died May 9, 2020. He was 87.


Jorge Santana, Guitarist for Malo and Carlos Santana's brother  June 13, 1951 - May 14, 2020 Jorge Santana was the guitarist for Malo, who had a 1972 hit with "Suavecito." He was also the younger brother of Carlos Santana.


Jimmy Cobb January 20, 1929 - May 24, 2020 Jimmy Cobb was a jazz drummer best known for his work with Miles Davis, including on the seminal album "Kind of Blue." 

           
Bucky Baxter 1955 - May 25, 2020 Bucky Baxter was a pedal steel guitarist for Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and toured with Bob Dylan. He was a founding member of Steve Earle's backing band, the Dukes.


Bob Kulick January 16, 1950 - May 29, 2020. Bob Kulick was a renowned rock guitarist who performed and recorded with Kiss, Meatloaf, Lou Reed, and W.A.S.P.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was the older brother of former Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick.


Chris Trousdale June 11, 1985 - June 2, 2020 Trousdale was best known as a member of the short-lived boy band Dream Street. The band formed in 1999 featuring Trousdale, Jesse McCartney, and three other members. Dream Street had a couple of hit songs including “It Happens Every Time” before breaking up in 2002. 


Jimmy Capps May 25, 1939 - June 2, 2020 Jimmy Capps was a guitarist who was part of the Grand Ole Opry house band for more than 50 years and played on classic songs including Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" and Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler.   

      
Steve Priest    February 23, 1948 - June 4, 2020 Steve Priest was a founding member, bassist, and vocalist for the legendary UK glam rock band Sweet. Priest formed the band Sweet with lead vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker, and guitarist Frank Torpey in 1968.


Rupert Hine September 21, 1947 - June 5, 2020 Rupert Hine was a prolific music producer who worked with Tina Turner, The Fixx, Stevie Nicks, Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega, Howard Jones and many other artists during a long music career.


Patricia Eva "Bonnie" Pointer (July 11, 1950 – June 8, 2020) Patricia Eva "Bonnie" Pointer was an American singer, most notable for being a member of the Grammy Award–winning vocal group, The Pointer Sisters. Pointer scored several moderate solo hits after leaving the Pointers in 1977.


(Huey) Lawrence Franks, Jr. January 1, 1989 - June 25, 2020 Lawrence Franks Jr., better known by his stage name Huey, was an American rapper from St. Louis, Missouri. Originally signed to Jive Records, Franks was best known for his 2006 debut single, "Pop, Lock & Drop It".


Johnny Mandel November 23, 1925 - June 29, 2020 Johnny Mandel was an Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter who composed songs including the "M*A*S*H" theme ("Suicide Is Painless") and "The Shadow of Your Smile.


Marvin Brown Passes at age 66 on July 3, 2020 Marvin Brown was a singer with the soul music vocal group The Softones who was known for his high falsetto voice.


Joe Porcaro April 29, 1930 - July 6, 2020 Joe Porcaro was a drummer who recorded with decades of musical superstars and contributed percussion to his sons' band, Toto, including on their hit song "Africa."

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